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IMTC Fall Forum Focuses on "Visions for the Future" While H.323 Forum Focuses on Available H.323 Services"

Conference Will Take Place in New York City, November 12-15

San Ramon, September 26, 2002 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) announced that the IMTC Fall Forum 2002 and H.323 Forum Conference will be held at the American Conference Centers in New York City, November 12-15. The Fall Forum theme is "Visions for the Future," and the Fall Forum provides attendees an opportunity to network with industry leaders from around the world, gain insight into future directions in multimedia telecommunications, learn about new products, and discuss new technologies and applications. The H.323 Forum Conference, held immediately after the Fall Forum, focuses on available H.323 services, industry perspectives, and H.323 technical information. This will be the first H.323 Forum conference and the first industry conference focusing on H.323. This conference will also be simulcast over H.323 video conferencing enabling remote participants to attend the confeence and interact with speakers. Hosted by Sony, the IMTC Fall Forum and H.323 Forum Conference are open to all organizations, institutions, and corporations that are using, or are planning to use, videoconferencing and collaboration systems.

The forum is divided into four sections: Multimedia Today, Multimedia Tomorrow, Converging Technologies and the H.323 Forum Conference. The keynote address will focus on how teleconferencing was used after the events of 9/11. A senior executive from Sony will give the keynote presentation on the state of the art in teleconferencing.

The Fall Forum will examine the current and future opportunities as well as challenges facing the multimedia conferencing industry and then develop real-world strategies for solving problems and moving ahead. Industry experts will review the new mobile and wireless technologies that promise to radically and rapidly reshape the multimedia conferencing landscape. The Fall Forum program also balances the potential of new technology with the reality of today's economic climate that has made potential users wary of investing technologies unless they offer immediate advantages in terms of cost savings and increased productivity.

"The past year has seen a substantial increase in the use of and interest in multimedia conferencing technology across a broad range of sectors from business to government, especially in the United States," said Istvan Sebestyen, President of IMTC and Chief Engineer, Head of Department, Standardization Multimedia and Applications, Siemens. "Renewed interest makes it critical that we act now to secure the future. Current technologies must be optimized and new ones developed to bring us into the future of telecommunications. The IMTC promotes industry standards and interoperability that make this possible. New York City has become a symbol of resilience and growth and is the most appropriate location to hold the Fall Forum this year."

Featured topics include:

  • How to Accelerate Market Adoption in a Contracting Marketplace (panel discussion)
  • Making Videoconferencing Work Today (a discussion from the end user's perspective, presented by Darren Morizet, VP, Technology Trust and Schwab Financials)
  • Emerging Real-Time Visual Applications
  • How IP Works in Mobile Networks
  • Mobility Support in Multimedia over IP Protocols
  • IPv6 and the Future

The H.323 sessions will provide H.323 industry perspectives by vendors, customers, users and standards bodies. In addition, participants will learn about actual services and network architectures deployed today throughout the world. Finally, H.323 technical issues will be discussed including Quality of Service, security, and voice/video Codec status.

A variety of sessions will present the latest information on present and future directions in the industry. Wrap-up sessions at the end of each day will put the information into perspective and act as a springboard for further discussion and action. A reception on Tuesday evening will be a lively social and networking event.

For further information, or to register for the IMTC's Fall Forum and/or the H.323 Forum, visit the IMTC's website at, or contact Jennifer Fletcher at (925) 275.6600 or .

About the IMTC
The IMTC is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable rich media solutions based on open international standards anytime, anywhere. In addition to developing technical recommendations for formal and de facto standards, the IMTC hosts rich media interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years, the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability events to test H.323, SIP, H.320, H.324, T.120 and Voice over IP products, and services for compatibility with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Avaya, Cisco Systems, Forgent Networks, France Telecom, Intel, KPN Telecom, Nokia, Polycom, RADVISION, Ridgeway, Siemens AG, Sony, TANDBERG, Telverse, and WorldCom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 100 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; communications companies; teleconferencing service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. "The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime." The consortium's Web site address is